Party Games for Fun Social Events
Basically, a social event involves several people meeting and spending time together. The objective of the social event is to spend time with people and get to know them better while sharing enjoyable experiences. Since not everyone is good at small talk and can easily exhaust the first topics of conversation that come to mind, it is often necessary to have some sort of background event which binds the people in some form of interaction for a duration. This background could be a meal, tea drinking or a party game of some sort. The event that draws the people could be the party game itself or something else entirely like a birthday party or an anniversary.
Different Kinds of Party Games
Different party games are suited for different occasions and different crowds. Part of the skill is choosing an appropriate game. Party games where turns are taken between individuals are well suited for different group sizes although, when it comes to very large groups, it is probably wiser to split the group into smaller groups rather than individuals. An atmosphere of competitiveness is often an element that adds to the fun. The risk is that, in certain games, this competitiveness might actually inhibit communication and thus reduce the socializing aspects of the game. When at a social event, it is wise to give everyone a good feeling. Under certain circumstances, this may require that the game not have very clear winners and losers (or that there should be only one winner so that the losers don't feel left out). If there is a prize, consider consolation prizes such that no one ends up feeling left out. If skill is involved, it is probably best that superiority should not be known and established to begin with as this can diminish the fun considerably for the rest of the players.
Match your Party Game to your Party!
Board games of various sorts such as Monopoly, Life and others are well suited for rather small groups (it is rare that such games are suited for more than eight players at a time). With such games, it is important to bear in mind the time required to complete a game (Monopoly, for example, can probably be played for a few hours). Card games such as poker might be suited for shorter meetings and the game can also be prolonged by playing several rounds. Such games might include a slight drawback that sufficiently competitive players might be inclined to play more intently and silently lest they reveal their hands.
Another great idea is some kind of trivia game. This can be easy enough to be fun and rewarding, but also challenging. Trivia games are really not about skill or how clever you are, but only about how much you know on all sorts of trivial topics and can be really good ice-breakers.